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Alarms in the Heart

25 Aug. 2014 | Format: MP3

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Clearly something of a struggle to write and produce (as every self respecting second album properly should be - see the wonderful video about the making of it on Vevo) it is a triumph.

This is a wonderful album from a band that has consistently thrilled over the past years since their early incarnation as The Godwits. Liddle's soaring vocals offer a fagility and vulnerability that invites curiosity and awe. The musical arrangements are tight as drumskins, but without losing the sense of roots-folk-inspired freedom that has been so compelling in their earlier releases. Lyrics are dense, yeatsian, and thoroughly modern too... If this album leaves you unmoved do consider going to see a cardiologist, as you may not actually be alive.
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It is always challenging for a band to follow up an excellent debut and Dry The River's Shallow Bed was a good album by any standards. After a successful arrival it must be tempted to try and continue in that vein, to produce more of the same.

Alarms In The Heart is not more of the same.

This is less acoustic than their first album, it exists in a dark echoey space with sweeps of clean electric guitars, bursts of driving rhythm and Peter Liddle's sweet tones arching overhead like winter stars. The memorable tunes and harmonies are still intact and it is very clearly the same band, but focussed on a different aspect of their sound. It seems as though Liddle is incapable of writing a bad lyric- each song here is immaculately crafted, deftly shaping his trademark mixture of biblical images and autobiographical storytelling. The band push a little harder here, sometimes bursting into twisting fireworks of distorted guitar, other times drifting away into distant space as the songs stretch from quiet corners to wild open-hearted anthems and back again.

There aren't any songs here as immediate as "No Rest" - for that matter there are very few songs anywhere as immediate as "No Rest" - but this is a consistently strong album, worth listening to as a whole. I have been playing it a lot over the last few weeks and every time I hear it I like it a little more. It is a beautiful, spacious record, full of moments of transient beauty that hook their way into your subconscious so you want to go back and seek them out again and again. The shade and texture of it constitute a perfect soundtrack for autumn days and deepening evenings. Strongly recommended.
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At first I was concerned about their change to a more electric sound. But after listening to the album a few times it quickly became clear that Dry The River have not lost any of their magic. An incredible album that does not disappoint, every song is a masterpiece. I implore you to give it a listen, particularly Gethsemane and Alarms in The Heart.
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Incredibly sad that Dry the River have called it a day. Shallow Bed was, in my view, one of the finest debut albums ever, and Alarms in the Heart sits easily alongside it. No reason has been given for the split, however one can only imagine how difficult it must be to keep going in the days of pirated downloads, the demise of the cd and lack of radio airplay for this type of music. It makes you weep when you see the talentless clones who clog up the album charts, whilst groups like Dry the River never get a look in. Let us hope that they may re-form or emerge in some new incarnation. If you've never heard them then I would urge you to buy these two great albums.
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Dry The River have managed to at least equal their first album, Shallow Bed. Real growth in musical sophistication and better balance in the lyrics. This album was definitely worth the wait!
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Being of the opinion that theire first album Shallow Bed is one of the best albums ive ever heard,i was not sure if DTR could come close to topping this album!However,Alarms In The Heart is an amazing album in its own right!With an emphasis on deep lyrics with mesmerizing vocals,you simply need this album in your music collection!
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Love the slight move to rock vibe from indie folk. Peter Liddle's vocals are as sublimely uplifting as ever.
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Love it! Cannot decide if it's better than the first album but it's definitely just as good
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